• Motherhood is like a Casserole (with Recipe)

    Have you ever said, “I feel like I am messing up my kids?” Me, too. I tell you a little secret I learned while struggling to make a casserole with a messy house, crazy hungry kids and only a few ingredients. It will definitely change the way you view motherhood. Motherhood can be messy, but if you make sure you add some KEY ingredients you will come out with a delicious kid. (Okay, don’t really eat your kids). They are hungry…again. With six mouths to feed, nourishing my children can feel like a never-ending task. I raided the fridge to figure out what I could shovel in their mouths for…

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  • How to Conquer Your Fear and Start Homeschooling Next Week

    Many moms out there might be pondering whether or not they should homeschool for the next year during the summer (some might be even considering switching mid-year). Maybe your child hasn’t entered school yet. If they have, maybe something happened during the last school year that has you wondering if public school is the best option. Or maybe you just want to spend more quality time with your child. If you are thinking about homeschooling your but you’re scared to homeschool I want to encourage you to get informed. There are many ways your can find information about homeschooling topics such as: How to homeschool little ones How to homschool…

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  • How to Survive When You Want to Quit Homeschooling

    I was fed up. Like. Up. To. Here. The attitude. The tears. The whining. The chaos. I was done with homeschooling. D-O-N-E, done. Full of determination, I walked my daughter into the elementary school office and started the paperwork. This was not just one of those “I quit…but not really” moments. This was real. That same night, I sat in a required class for taking on a CASA child. CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate, is someone who volunteers to spend quality time with a child in foster care to make sure they are doing well mind, body and soul. (Read more about CASA here) I’m listening to the teacher…

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  • The Reason Why Your Husband Wants To Quit Homeschooling

    Here’s the common scenario. A mom discovers homeschooling and tells her husband. He’s on board. He thinks it’s a great idea. He gives her a budget and she goes happily off to purchase curriculum and homeschool room furniture. If she has older kids, they are stoked that they won’t have to wake up at 6 a.m. anymore to catch the bus. If she has little ones, they are happy they don’t have to leave mama everyday. The homeschool year starts off with a bang. Things don’t go according to plan…but what part of life ever does? But something happens along the first year of homeschooling. Somewhere her husband starts to doubt her…

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  • How to Homeschool When You Have Toddlers

    When I start each homeschool year, I have a moment. Or a few. Where I think that homeschooling will look like it does on Pinterest. But as soon as one of my toddlers asks for another sippy cup of milk or I get called to the bathroom to wipe a tiny butt…I remember that homeschooling when you have toddlers on the loose, no matter how disciplined you are…will never look like Pinterest. When your oldest daughter is having an absolute meltdown about math and she needs you (sometimes only for emotional support)…a toddler is bound ask you to clasp her princess dress together or put the password in so they can play…

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  • 6 Tips to Help Your Child Love Reading

    How can I get my kid to love reading? Why do some kids read more than others? Most parents want their child to love reading, but in a world of technology sometimes that’s easier said than done. Here are six tips to help your child love reading. 1. Learn their Style Captain Obvious tells us that children are not robots. They have their own likes and dislikes. They are their own little person. We have to learn their reading style. We can guide their book choices to some extent, but if you want them to love reading you will have to find a compromise between what you want them to read and what they…

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  • Four Tips for Dealing With Homeschooling on Your Period

    I have decided that the second day of my cycle needs to become a national holiday in my house. No housework, homeschool or exercise allowed. Only yoga pants and handheld devices should be permitted. The other night, an hour before I realized I was beginning my cycle, I had a meltdown how I wasn’t sure I could trust God. I cried pitifully to my husband that because of my past experience of being molested by a youth pastor, I felt vulnerable when trusting people who are supposed to be in authority. God is THE authority, so it’s difficult to remember that He is not like my abuser on normal days. And,…